Tag Archives: Velasquez

Painting a Nude

A few weeks ago, I painted a nude. I do not paint or draw the figure much as pictures of nudes are difficult to sell and can be quite expensive to produce (you have to pay for a model and … Continue reading

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Artistic Influences

The greatest influence on my work has come from Charles Cecil whose school in Florence I attended. Charles would often talk about his teacher back in Boston (R.H. Ives Gammell) and how the sightsize method we were using did not … Continue reading

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Stealing from the Old Masters

Good artists copy; great artists steal. (Pablo Picasso) The aphorism above is glib (and probably apocryphal), yet it brings to mind a truth which, to a few artists, is both inconvenient and distasteful: nearly all art is derivative. But should artists strive for absolute … Continue reading

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Character in Portraiture

Painting an accurate likeness is a matter of time and hard work, but painting the look that unveils the character of the model is the true challenge and real aim of the portrait painter. Here are a few Old Master portraits which show the artists performing just this feat. Above … Continue reading

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Brushstrokes

When I look at the works of the Old Masters on line I can occasionally find a very high quality image which means I can scrutinise the artists’ brilliant brushwork. Above is Sargent’s portrait of Helen Dunham. Yes, she is lovely but what I find interesting here is the artist’s … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

Below you will find photos of a few unfinished portraits by some Old Masters. Why were they left like that? For various reasons, I imagine:  the artist preferred to leave the painting as a study or was even happy with it “unfinished”, the artist or … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading

Here are a few art books which I have found helpful and inspiring. Composition of Outdoor Painting by Edgar Payne: I spent years looking for someone to teach me landscape composition – most art teachers are frustratingly vague about this subject*. In this … Continue reading

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The Stuffed Owl

I am always trying to improve my work and look to the masters for inspiration and ideas. To keep me cheerful in the face of this daunting and occasionally demoralising task, I have made a collection of some oddities by the greatest … Continue reading

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